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if you havent seen an INTERVIEW hosted by JOHN RUSKIN, a.k.a. NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE, they are absolutely something to behold. he specializes in IDIOSYNCRATIC dialogues with NOTABLE MUSICIANS on tour in his hometown of VANCOUVER, where he is the longtime SINGER and KEYBOARD PLAYER for the OBSCURE GARAGE ROCK band THE EVAPORATORS. the dude is a bit OUTRAGEOUS given his NERVOUS, HIGH-STRUNG ENERGY, wavering and nasally SPEAKING TONE and his OVER-THE-TOP choice in attire that is very much on a SERIOUS PAYNE STEWART (RIP) tip.
this is all a bit of a ruse really meant to diminish the expectations of the subject (and audience) from an INTERVIEW that is RESEARCHED, PREPARED and COORDINATED in the extreme. often he will have OBSCURE VINYL RECORDS, BOOKS, TOYS and MISCELLANEOUS PARAPHERNALIA of SIGNIFICANT importance to the subject, who are often absolutely GOBSMACKED and STUNNED into silence but how INTIMATE his KNOWLEDGE of their lives is. the fun of watching a NARDWUAR interview is the anticipation of a POPULAR FIGURE or CULTURAL ICON who no doubt has been routinely pampered and catered to by fans and entourage alike lose their shit at this odd CANADIAN's ability to expose their INNERMOST PREDILECTIONS and OBSESSIONS. in essence, professional cool people losing their cool in public.
NOTEWORTHY past PARTICIPANTS include PHARRELL WILLIAMS (N.E.R.D., THE NEPTUNES), IAN MACKAYE (MINOR THREAT, FUGAZI), J. COLE, JELLO BIAFRA (DEAD KENNEDYS), MAC MILLER, A$AP ROCKY, HENRY ROLLINS (BLACK FLAG, ROLLINS BAND), TYLER THE CREATOR (ODD FUTURE), STEVE ALBINI, SNOOP DOGG and even KURT COBAIN (NIRVANA) among countless others over a decades long career.
most definitely worth checking out as these INTERVIEWS are as INFORMATIVE as they are ENTERTAINING. and WEIRD. just WEIRD.